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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Beware! 70s horror film is ultra violent.

Movie R 1977 89 minutes
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The Hills Have Eyes

Great movie. IMO, better than the remake. These are one of those originals that are pretty hard to beat.

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This is a sometimes ghastly -- and occasionally absurd -- shocker that really gets under one's skin. Though many critics initially despised THE HILLS HAVE EYES, it has since been called one of the best horror movies of the 1970s. Scary-movie specialist Wes made this viscerally-violent feature on a low budget, and some horror connoisseurs call it his best. Ultimately the "normal" people strike back with a ferocious bloodlust they didn't know they had, and the question is how much a "civilized" person can be pushed before one becomes a savage. Are the Carters really all that much "better" than Jupiter and his spawn?

There are some borderline-silly moments involving the two Carter hero dogs, a pair of fearlessly loyal German shepherds named Beauty and Beast, who are the first to try to rescue their masters from the marauders, like the Rin-Tin-Tin adventure from hell. But even there the unintentional humor evaporates when one of the canines is killed.

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